Iraqi Defense Minister Abdulqader Mohammed al-Obeidi said on Wednesday that the terrorist Mujahideen Khalq Organization (MKO) has been engaged in illegal activities on Iraqi soil.
Al-Obeidi told a press conference, "We have reliable evidence at hand which shows the Organization (MKO outfit) has carried out illegal activities in Iraq."
He said that the takeover of the MKO camp by the Iraqi government can be an instance of sovereignty over Iraq.
"No garrison or military camp in Iraq should be out of Iraqi government’s control," he added.
The official said the MKO has over recent years carried out illegal activities inside Iraq and the Iraqi government will not at all accept such conducts.
He stressed that expulsion of the terrorist MKO from Iraq is legitimate right of the Iraqi government.
The Iraqi government’s move in expelling the MKO elements does not contradict international regulations and the government can do so, said the Iraqi minister, adding that as long as such elements have not been expelled from the country, Baghdad will treat them based on human rights regulations.